Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda At Night

Previous Post: Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda – The Golden Heart of Myanmar

During my one week’s stay in Yangon, I visited the Shwedagon three times, once in the late morning and twice in the late afternoon.  While there is no bad time to visit, clearly certain days and certain times will be busier and more atmospheric than others.

Something magical happens as dusk approaches.  I say that even though My visit coincided with the once every five years regilding the main stupa.  As you can see in the image below,  the central stupa was covered with bamboo matting!  In spite of that,  the combination of the fading light and the increasing numbers of people – monks, nuns, locals, visitors from afar –  upped the wow factor and created an experience I will not soon forget!

My previous post (see the link above) has more explanatory text and maps.  Here I’ll let the images of the two late afternoons into evenings that I spent there do the talking!

shwedagon at dusk

Shwedagon – bamboo matting and all – as dusk approaches

the NE corner of the Shwedagon terrace as dusk approaches

monk at Shwedagon under a Buddha statue

monk at Shwedagon under a Buddha statue

Shwedagon Buddha statues

Shwedagon Buddha statues

Buddhist women’s group walking around the Shwedagon

Shwedagon and child hlding Buddha image shrine on the right

one of the eight days of the week stations at the Shwedagon

one of the eight birthdays of the week stations at the Shwedagon

Yangon families sitting on the Shwedagon terrace at dusk

traffic on the Shwedagon terrace at dusk

monks lighting candles around the Shwedagon

Shwedagon terrace and Naungdawgyi Pagoda

Shwedagon in the later evening

 

My Other Myanmar Posts:

“Mingalaba” From Myanmar, Land of The Golden Pagodas

Sule Paya – Yangon’s Downtown Heart

Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda – The Golden Heart of Myanmar

Ballooning Over The Plains Of Myanmar’s Bagan

The Uninspiring Buddhas Of Myanmar’s Bagan

A Morning Stroll Through Mandalay’s Zay Cho Market Area

Pindaya’s Shwe-oo-min Pagoda & The Cave of the Ten Thousand Buddhas

Myanmar’s Inle Lake – Things To See and Do – Day One

Myanmar’s Inle Lake – Things To See and Do – Day Two

A One-Day Tour of Bago, Myanmar – Checklist of Must-See Sites

Bago’s Shwemawdaw Pagoda – Myanmar’s Tallest Stupa

Bago’s Hintha Gon and the Rebuilt Kanbawzathadi Palace

An Afternoon In Bago – Visiting the Reclining Buddhas

An Afternoon In Bago – the Mahazedi, the Shwegugale Paya, and More

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